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Senate leader: States should decide marriage issue

May 9, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he believes marriage should be between a man and a woman but that states should decide whether it's legal for same-sex couples to marry.

The Nevada Democrat says he believes that people should marry whomever they want, and that, in his ...

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Lugar loss has stark lessons for Obama, Romney

May 9, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — President Barack Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, can take a few lessons from veteran Sen. Richard Lugar's loss in Indiana's GOP primary.

Voters are unhappy with incumbents, an ominous sign for the ...

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AP-GfK Poll: Afghan war support drops to new low

May 9, 2012

By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for the war in Afghanistan has hit a new low and is on par with support for the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, a bad sign for President Barack Obama as he argues that to end the war responsibly the United States must remain in Afghanistan ...

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NAACP launches voter registration push in Georgia

May 9, 2012

By ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Saying it won't let recently enacted voter ID laws suppress turnout, the NAACP on Wednesday launched a nationwide drive to register thousands of mostly minority, student and elderly voters before the Nov. 6 elections.

The National Association for ...

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Lugar's legacy in Senate: Cooperation and security

May 9, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Far from politics, six-term Sen. Richard Lugar is considered a visionary who looked beyond U.S. exuberance over the end of the Cold War and saw the dangers and opportunities in the collapse of a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.

In an age that ...

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Against Obama, even a jailbird gets some votes

May 9, 2012

By LAWRENCE MESSINA, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Just how unpopular is President Barack Obama in some parts of the country? Enough that a man in prison in Texas got 4 out of 10 votes in West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary.

The inmate, Keith Judd, is serving time at the ...

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Milwaukee mayor will try again to beat Walker

May 9, 2012

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democrats' hope for ousting Scott Walker is a low-key, well-liked Milwaukee mayor whose last brush with fame came when he interceded in a fight outside the Wisconsin State Fair and got badly beaten with a tire iron.

With less than a month ...

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Romney moves within 200 delegates of nomination

May 9, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won most of the delegates in a three-state primary sweep and added a few more Wednesday from previous contests to move him within 200 delegates of clinching the Republican nomination for president.

He ...

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Romney says Obama has failed on energy policy

May 9, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama taking credit for increased American energy production is like Romney claiming responsibility for the Red Sox's World Series wins when he was Massachusetts governor.

In each case,

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AP-GfK Poll: Women, blacks, help Obama in new poll

May 9, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that President Barack Obama continues to enjoy strong support among women, minorities and independents.

Obama holds advantages over likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the areas of empathy, sincerity,

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THE RACE: Recent elections show US voters grumpy

May 9, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Voters are unhappy and many are mad.

That sentiment is a clear danger sign for President Barack Obama, but also something both major parties and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney must take into account.

It can't be happy news to the president's re-election ...

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Wis. recall is rematch of 2010 governor's race

May 9, 2012

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The candidates may be the same, but Wisconsin isn't.

In the tumultuous 18 months since Republican Scott Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the 2010 governor's race, Wisconsin has been rocked with massive protests over workers' rights,

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Ad links Obama to criticism of Ann Romney

May 9, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — An independent group backing Mitt Romney has launched a TV ad tying President Barack Obama to negative comments about Romney's wife by two Obama supporters.

Restore Our Future, a super PAC run by former Romney advisers, is running the ad in the battleground states of Colorado,

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Dem plan: Throw it all at Romney, see what sticks

May 9, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign is trying an early "all of the above" strategy against Republican Mitt Romney, criticizing his character, wealth and policy positions in broadsides that may become more focused as the fall election nears.

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Conservative Enthusiasm Reflected in Primaries

May 9, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of conservative enthusiasm, a tea-party backed Republican vanquished six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar in a GOP primary and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban.

Republican Mitt Romney,

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Indiana's Lugar loses, NC passes gay marriage ban

May 8, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six-term Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar was routed by the right flank of his own Republican Party on Tuesday, and North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state's gay marriage ban. It was a double-barreled show ...

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Obama 'disappointed' with NC ban on gay marriage

May 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign says he's "disappointed" with North Carolina's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Obama campaign spokesman Cameron French said in a Tuesday statement that the ban on same-sex unions is "divisive and discriminatory." French says ...

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Romney wins GOP contests in Indiana, NC, W.Va.

May 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney has won the Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia presidential primaries.

The trio is certain to push Romney closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination, handing him 100 or so delegates of the 288 he still needs.

None of the outcomes is a ...

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Obama praises Lugar's career after primary loss

May 8, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expressing deep appreciation for what he calls Indiana Republican Richard Lugar's distinguished service in the Senate.

Lugar lost a primary challenge to a tea party-backed candidate Tuesday.

Obama says in a statement that he and Lugar didn't agree on ...

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APNewsBreak: Chamber to run congressional ads

May 8, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching ads in Florida, Missouri, Hawaii and Ohio as Democrats struggle to hold Senate seats and their slim majority. The Republican-friendly lobbying group is also targeting 17 House races from New York to ...

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